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March 10, 2006

Breaking old dichotomies and associations

Tim O’Reilly made a distinction between open, collaboratively authored works and the curated book experience. These now seem to align with “free” and “for fee” which means a lot of our traditions of assigning value tell us that the controlled, conventionally authored experience is somehow worth more. And sometimes it is. And sometimes it isn’t. We need to break apart chains of association so that characteristics like single-authored, closed, for fee (or collaborative, open, free) don’t necessarily align but are rather a set of strategies from which creators and distributors choose depending on the nature of content, audience, and purpose . . . a new kind of economic and intellectual rhetoric.

Posted by mbonn at March 10, 2006 02:26 PM


So, how do we in libraries break apart these chains of association? Do we invest in developing and providing tools that offer collaborative authorship? It seems like we need to shift our mindset from providing information to providing a platform for generating information.

Posted by: shollar at March 10, 2006 02:40 PM

Exactly, shollar.

And we should add "electronic" vs "print" to the list of dichotomies needing to be broken.

Posted by: kimballs at March 10, 2006 02:51 PM

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